image: Sjeng Schupp

Babar and the beginning of the world (6+)

Ensemble SeaSession
Sun 27 Oct 2024 13:30 - 14:30
Sun 27 Oct 2024
13:30 - 14:30
  • Sun 27 Oct 2024
    13:30 - 14:30
    Grote Zaal


Francis Poulenc L'histoire de Babar
Darius Milhaud La création du monde
Richard Rijnvos African interludes (new work)


Ensemble SeaSession: 
Ingrid Geerlings flute
Marijke van Kooten violin
Anneke Janssen cello
Michel Lamers saxophone, clarinet
Evert Weidner oboe
Pierre Woudenberg clarinet
Sergei Dovgaliouk horn, trumpet
Quirijn van Regteren Altena double bass
Pepe Garcia percussion
Pauline Post piano

Mylo Freeman text
Jennifer Muntslag
Jean de Brunhoff, Sjeng Schupp
Sjeng Shupp
live animations
Dennis Rudge
Ascon de Nijs
stage design
Nick Bos light
light esign

The world’s most famous elephant comes to life in music

Babar the elephant is one of the most beloved children’s book characters of all time. The book series by French writer and illustrator Jean de Brunhoff has captured the hearts of children all over the world since the first publication in 1931. Composer Francis Poulenc even wrote a classical piece for it! For this concert, well-known children’s book author Mylo Freeman wrote a new beginning to the story of Babar. And it takes us all the way back to the beginning of the world!

Through the beautiful classical piece La création du monde, Ensemble SeaSession takes us back to the earliest days of the Earth, when humans first emerged and gazed in wonder at all the extraordinary animals. Like the little elephant Babar, who ends up in the big city and learns all about how humans live from a kind old lady – and almost becomes one.

Make your own animal mask
In African mythology, masks have magical powers, including animal masks. If you put on an animal mask, there is no longer any difference between humans and animals. Before the concert, you can paint or decorate a mask of a hyena, crocodile, chameleon, buffalo, monkey or an elephant.  We will make a beautiful exhibition of all the masks, which you can admire afterwards. Of course, you can take your mask home afterwards. There will also be free colouring sheets to take home afterwards, designed by Sjeng Schupp. 

This concert is Dutch spoken. You’re welcome to enjoy the music.